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Salvia hierosolymitana, 10 seeds
Not to be confused with the other Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis sp), Salvia hierosolymitana bears its Jerusalemite name in both English and Latin. A herbaceous perennial native to the eastern Mediterranean, with populations in Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and the West Bank, this plant forms a dense basal rosette of large, dark green, textured leaves. While this foliage is used just like vine leaves to wrap meat and grains in local cuisines, it actually has no smell nor known medicinal purpose. Blooms in late spring through summer when tall stalks rise above the clump bearing wine-red and white flowers that are quite striking. Floriferous and showy, this Sage, is unfortunately still very rare and hard-to-find outside of gardens of Israel. Hardy from zone 9 onwards. 3 feet tall, 2 feet wide. Full sun. Rich, well-drained soil. Exclusive, fresh seeds, harvested 05/2017.